Coping with tragedy after the Orlando shooting

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As you hear about the tragedy in Orlando, you might wonder about the best way to deal with your emotions.

7 News talked with Alex Garvey, Senior Vice President of Mission at Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. Garvey says, at times like these, it’s important to talk with others and to open up.

“They affect us and shake us at our very core,” Garvey explained of the tragedies. “We have to find a place within our mind, within our psyche, that we can come to terms with such a tragedy.”

That might be quiet time, meditation, or talking with a friend or family member. Garvey says we all go through an initial shock, then it’s the process of how we deal with it.

“We feel loss as an individual. We feel loss as a family, but we mourn as a community and a nation,” Garvey said.

The next step is what are we going to do now and how can we come together in community and make changes.

“I think we will see great love and great outpouring come from such a tragedy.”

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